Daniel Charkow (Shoe Man Dan) is a young Canadian shoe designer and shoemaker. His appreciation for hand-tooling and sustainability are key features in his designs. Inspired by Lady Gaga’s fierce fashion and bold choices, he created his first shoe at the age of twelve. Falling in love with the art, Daniel pursued shoemaking at the Art and Sole Academy in Toronto under the guidance of master instructor Jennifer Alison.
Charkow has interned with many brands including Steve Madden, Aldo, Ron White, John Fluevog and Mellow Walk. Each of these internships has helped Daniel learn the complexities of the shoe industry. Daniel is currently studying shoe design at the London College of Fashion.